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  • Michael Sentonas | Business Spectator
    of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Michael Sentonas An almost perfect productivity push Productivity gains don t always coincide with employee preferences but that s the case with increasing demands from workers to use their own personal devices at work If only it didn t throw up so many security headaches by Michael Sentonas 9 34am July 06 Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators US

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  • How business can tame notebooks | Business Spectator
    computer will even be outselling PCs Forrester has also predicted that the global installed base of smartphones will be greater than that of PCs by 2013 From a personal or consumer perspective it s not hard to see why these changes are taking place Unless you re a hard core gamer you re unlikely to need the processing and video grunt that a fully specced desktop computer offers so why give up a permanent spot in your home for a bulky tower and big screen And with just about everything consumers do on their computing devices somehow connected to the internet it makes sense to have a portable device as an always on personal access point to his or her world on the web For businesses however there is a need to prove that buying into this mobility trend will actually boost workforce productivity Obviously if notebook sales are outstripping desktops many businesses must already be convinced that mobility is working for them so what are the drivers For some businesses the case is a lot easier to make than for others If you have salespeople on the road you can t really equip them with anything but a notebook or other mobile device if they re going to get the job done But what about workers who are only out of the office some of the time or hardly at all Why go to the trouble of trying to secure and manage a fleet of mobile devices when your overworked IT department would much rather not have the headache Externally there are three easily identifiable factors that are pushing the trend to mobility The first is the global financial crisis GFC and the sudden need to cut costs and increase efficiency In this scenario embracing technologies like video conferencing and secure remote access for home based or mobile working can help meet targets by cutting travel and other costs like the leasing of office space Secondly the rapid consumerisation of IT has led to a situation where employees are demanding mobile devices over desktops and also often asking that their personal devices like smartphones be given access to work networks This can of course be a good thing because it often means workers want to be able to take work home with them so they can work more flexibly Savvy businesses are embracing this trend with policies like BYOC bring your own computer BYOD bring your own device BYOC is a carrot whereby employees as part of their package are provided with a subsidy to go out and buy a device of their own choosing which is then set up and maintained by the company IT department BYOD is slightly different in that employees are encouraged to bring in their own personal devices to be set up with access to company networks The company then retains ownership of its data on the device but the cost of maintenance of the device is the responsibility of the user The third

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  • Ted Gibbons | Business Spectator
    Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Ted Gibbons Microsoft still can t connect How Microsoft has failed to capitalise on its business customers with a cohesive mobile offering is unclear While the tech giant has a lot of money it ll take an enormous effort to reverse the HTC and iPhone tide by Ted Gibbons 7 54am June 08 How business can tame notebooks It s all well and good for consumers to dump their PCs for notebooks in the search for mobility but when a business does the same its workers often become more distant and vulnerable to security breaches How can this be overcome by Ted Gibbons 9 28am May 13 Mobile marketing buzzkill We were all told that consumers could one day be directly marketed to via their mobile phones but location based services just aren t quick or accurate enough However there is one technology that could have a chance by Ted Gibbons 11 59am May 02 Microsoft still can t connect How Microsoft has failed to capitalise on its business customers with a cohesive mobile offering is unclear While the tech giant has a lot of money it ll take an enormous effort to reverse the HTC and iPhone tide by Ted Gibbons 7 54am June 08 How business can tame notebooks It s all well and good for consumers to dump their PCs for notebooks in the search for mobility but when a business does the

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  • Google, Apple criticised by US lawmakers on mobile privacy | Business Spectator
    of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Google Apple criticised by US lawmakers on mobile privacy 11 May 2011 8 06 AM Technology Wireless Security Security ReutersUS lawmakers considering new privacy laws scolded Google and Apple for not doing enough to guard mobile device users location data despite executives assertions that they do not abuse the information You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Reuters US lawmakers considering new privacy laws scolded Google and Apple for not doing enough to guard mobile device users location data despite executives assertions that they do not abuse the information I have serious doubts about whether those rights are being respected in law or in practice Democratic Senator Al Franken said at a hearing of a new subcommittee on privacy technology and the law Senators accused the tech industry of exploiting location data for marketing purposes a potentially multi billion dollar industry without getting proper consent from millions of Americans Lawmakers did however say they would be cautious about drafting privacy rules that could stifle innovation in the space Mobile device users personal information helps companies tailor coupons advertisements and weather information among many other things Don t get me wrong The existence of this business model is not a bad thing I love using Google maps for free Mr Franken said The revelation last month that Apple Inc s iPhones collected location data and stored it for up to a year even when location software was supposedly turned off has prompted renewed scrutiny of the nexus between location and privacy Apple has since issued a patch to fix the problem Google Inc a fierce competitor of Apple in mobile computing has also faced sharp criticism over reports that Android based phones track the locations of users Google said at the hearing that location sharing on its Android mobile platform was strictly opt in But Google s chief lobbyist Alan Davidson said it does not closely police software applications on its open platform to ensure that app developers have a privacy policy Pressed on the issue Mr Davidson agreed to discuss it with Google executives Apple executive Guy Tribble said that Apple does not track users locations But he also

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  • Google destroys Wi-Fi data after privacy review | Business Spectator
    the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Google destroys Wi Fi data after privacy review Renai LeMay 5 May 2011 8 32 AM Technology Wireless Security Security Search giant Google today revealed that several months ago it had destroyed the payload data its Streetview cars had collected over the past several years as they brushed past Wi Fi networks on their journeys around Australia finally putting an end to one of the Australian technology sector s most controversial privacy scandals You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Search giant Google today revealed that several months ago it had destroyed the payload data its Streetview cars had collected over the past several years as they brushed past Wi Fi networks on their journeys around Australia finally putting an end to one of the Australian technology sector s most controversial privacy scandals After the Federal Privacy Commissioner finalised an investigation into the gaffe in July last year concluding that Google had breached the Australian Privacy Act with the data collection Google had committed to conduct a privacy impact assessment on any new Street View data collection activities in Australia Today the company published that assessment noting in it that the data collected had finally been gotten rid of You may remember that our ultimate goal was to delete the payload data the company said in a post on its Australian blog under the name of senior vice president of engineering and research Alan Eustace We can report that this was completed in February under independent supervision In addition after completing the privacy assessment Google said it would undertake a number of measures to ensure the Street View data collection process which is used to provide street level photography features to the company s Google Maps products respected Australians privacy Firstly the company will ensure the images displayed in Google Maps are not real time they are delayed between the time they are shot and the time they are displayed Secondly it will use software to automatically blur faces and licence plates as well as providing a form where users can request further blurring or removal of any image In addition we have made some changes to our process Eustace

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  • Wireless Security | Business Spectator
    user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Wireless Security Digital carjacking Security flaws in autos The secrets of breaking and entering into a car s critical systems have so far been a closely guarded secret but that s about to change as a couple of hackers get ready to reveal the blueprints by Jim Finkle Reuters 10 56am July 29 2 comments Obama defends surveillance US president responds to dramatic revelations UK spy agency reportedly accessed data 5 45am June 08 4 comments Reflections on retrospective security With new and dangerous malware infecting our computers every day there s now a potent argument for cyber security measures that use data and insight gleamed from past infections to help prevent new ones by Chris Wood 10 42am April 17 Small business lags on computer security Small businesses have embraced the internet but 16 per cent don t use anti virus software and 30 per cent don t use a protective firewall a new study shows 10 46am February 07 Symantec sued over scareware ReutersA lawsuit filed against Symantec Corp claims that the software maker seeks to persuade consumers to buy its products by scaring them with misleading information about the health of their computers 1 43pm January 11 The mobile malware myth Despite fears of an explosion the overall volume of mobile threats has remained pretty low compared to computer based threats That could change quickly as mobile technology gets more sophisticated by Craig Scroggie 8 41am November 01 Beware of smartphone snoopers While new research highlights the potential use of smartphones as spying devices by intrepid code breakers the technique of using accelerometers to keep track of keystrokes

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  • Telstra to sit on cash: report | Business Spectator
    real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Telstra to sit on cash report 8 Jan 6 59 AM 1 Technology Telecommunication Industries Telecommunications Telecommunications giant likely to hoard cash until new deal reached on NBN You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Telstra Corporation is unlikely to deliver much of its surplus cash to shareholders until after a new agreement is reached with NBN Co analysts have told The Australian Financial Review The company has billions in its war chest after the 2 7 billion sale of its Hong Kong mobile group CSL last month but hopes for a special dividend or buyback are likely to fall flat Tyndall Investment Manager portfolio manager Michael Maughan said the company may gradually increase its dividend but would likely wait on the NBN Co deal These asset sales have raised a bit of cash and brought the issue forward a little but at the end of the day the capital return issue is mainly linked to the national broadband network payments because that s when the really big excess cash flows come in he told the AFR Telstra is currently renegotiating its 11 2 billion deal with NBN Co with a new agreement likely around the middle of the year Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Telstra may sell Sensis for 3bn 10 Jan ACMA hits Telstra with record fine 05 Jan HTC swings to rare profit 20 Dec ACCC directs Telstra to amend migration plan 20 Dec Telstra to sell CSL business More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future

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  • HTC swings to rare profit | Business Spectator
    stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu HTC swings to rare profit 5 Jan 11 30 PM Technology Telecommunication Industries Telecommunications Phone maker remains in the red at operational level You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AFP Taiwan s leading smartphone maker HTC says it swung to profit in the three months to December after a quarterly net loss the first since listing in 2002 The company reported a net profit of Tw 310 million A11 59 million in the fourth quarter despite an operating loss of Tw 1 56 billion buoyed by its non operating income it said in a statement on Sunday without giving details Analysts say the income was from its decision in September to sell its remaining 24 84 per cent stake in United States headphone maker Beats Electronics LLC back to the firm for US265 million A298 31 million Despite the quarterly profit the company remained in the red on the operational level The company reported a net loss of Tw 3 billion in the third quarter as it struggled to increase its foothold in the highly competitive smartphone

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